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Mounting a Mitutoyo dial gauge

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pgrbff31/01/2021 11:27:56
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I have a dial gauge which I have always used with an articulated magnetic mount, so I bought it for lug mounting.

I now want to measure the runout on my table saw which means I want to lie it down on its back and attach it to a strip that runs in the slot in the table.

Do I need to buy another gauge without the lug mount on the back?

Peter Cook 631/01/2021 11:52:24
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Most of the dial gauges I have (albeit not in Mitutoyo's league) came with both a lug back, or a flat one, and can be interchanged. All with four screws.

If you don't have a flat back in the original packaging with yours, I suspect it is fairly simple to make one. Mine are simple flat pieces (of steel or plastic depending on the guage quality) a couple of mm thick with four mounting holes round the periphery.

Take the lug back off (in a CLEAN environment), measure it up and make one.

pgrbff31/01/2021 11:55:48
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Emgee31/01/2021 12:10:50
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Use a clamp bored and reamed to fit the stem.


Pete Rimmer31/01/2021 12:31:08
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Put the mag mount on the sliding strip with the gauge down low next to the base. Angle the tip down if you like - it will over-read somewhat but it will yell you where the problem lies.

Another thing you could do is make a plain back and swap it out temporarily, Usually, they are just disc of plain metal.

pgrbff31/01/2021 17:10:16
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€2.44 for a back without a lug and I don't have to go far to get it.

old mart31/01/2021 17:30:06
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Take the lugged back off before buying a plain one and have a look. You might be lucky.

pgrbff01/02/2021 06:57:20
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Posted by old mart on 31/01/2021 17:30:06:

Take the lugged back off before buying a plain one and have a look. You might be lucky.

Tried that, wasn't lucky.

David George 101/02/2021 08:05:02
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I have a simple adaptor which allows you to check slots etc have a look. It is as far as I know from Mercer.




Howard Lewis01/02/2021 14:14:16
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Have found a drawing of a Starrett Adaptor to do just that.

Look in my Albums.


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